Moving To A Smaller Home? A Guide To Downsizing

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Moving Boxes
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Often relocating, let alone to smaller accommodation, can be a toll on the mind and your patience. Times are tough for many, which is there are an increasing number of people are considering downsizing to a smaller home. Smaller homes typically have lower monthly fees from the rent to the necessary utility bills. Also as children grow up, go to university or college and live on their own, family houses develop more empty rooms. The obvious problem faced by people who intend to move to smaller digs is the fact that their current things may not actually fit into the less spacious new home. This guide will give a few important tips if you decide to move a smaller place.

Downsizing

Those who have a lot of things can actually hope to make some money from them through a garage sale. If you bring everything from your old place to your new, smaller place, you will run the risk of being cramped with little space to move around. Unwanted and superfluous possessions can easily be got rid of by hosting a garage sale or selling them at a boot sale. In addition you can give unwanted items to charity and friends as well as selling items online. Storage is not too costly and may be necessary if you have an excess of things that you cannot bear to throw away are unable to keep in your smaller space. Any fragile item should of course be packed with extra care. Any food stuffs should be kept together and marked so there s no chance of them spoiling without you knowing.

Assess the New Home

House blueprint with a pen and a ruler
Image by Lorenzo Cafaro. Source: Pexels.

If possible, obtain a blueprint or layout of your new home. Measure the size of every room in the house or apartment so you can work out what is feasible to be moved in and what will have to be left behind. Knowing what will fit and what won’t will make the decision a little easier.

Measure each piece of furniture. For example will your wardrobe be able to fit in your new bedroom and if so, how much will be left for other pieces of needed furniture? Will you have enough hallway space to move large furniture through?

Utilizing any Free Space

It is important to use the new space as best you can. In the smaller new house, additional shelves and cabinets may allow for more things to be brought in from the old house. Always ask the landlord, if renting, if additional shelves can be placed. Using power drills and attaching things to the walls may be prohibited by rules in your housing contract. Movable rather than permanent cabinets and storage spaces might be a better answer if there is any free space. Basements, garages and attics should be maximized for any free storage space to avoid having to rent external storage facilities. Furniture that doubles up with storage space is of course a perfect solution to storage problems.

Storage space has become a big industry and racks and hangable/mountable storage spaces are a great way to get the most out of a small place.

The Move

President Obama and few people moving a sofa back in place in the Oval Office.
Image by Pete Souza – Obama White House. Source: Flickr.

Although you are moving to a smaller house, it is still likely that you will need to look into hiring a removals company. A man and van outfit will probably not be suitable for the move unless you are moving a few items only. If you are going to buy new things for your new house, wait till you have moved in as this will be both easier and cheaper.